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Poster: billymays55 Date: Jul 26, 2013 12:08am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Blockade (1938)

BLOCKADE, a photoplay In nine reels by
Walter Wanger Productions. © 7Jun38;
L8068. Television Industries, Inc.
(PWH); 28May65; R362176.

This one is very weird. Renewed early. Also who is Television Industries, Inc.?

With the early renewal alone it's PD right?

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jul 26, 2013 6:10am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Blockade (1938)

You are correct an early renewal would be invalid. From Aubrey Mayhew, dba Mayhew Music Co., et al vs Gusto Records, Inc. USDC for Middle Dist. of Tenn. (4-4-1997):

“The Court finds that the phrase ‘within one year prior to the expiration of the original term of copyright’ in Section 24 of the Copyright Act of 1909 means that a copyright renewal application must be filed inside the relevant one year period, and not either before the commencement of such period or after the termination of such period."

The Copyright Notice is 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) so the renewal window would have been 7 Jun 1965 - 7 Jun 1966. There doesn't seem to be any registered underlying rights in the film, either.

Television Industries was the later name of C&C Television Corp, the company that gained the rights to the RKO Catalog amongst other films in the 1950s.